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Falcon’s Handcrafted Sandwiches Opens In Former Chez Simo Bistro In Ravenswood

RAVENSWOOD — A family-run restaurant has opened on the former location of Chez Simo Bistro in Ravenswood.

Falcon’s Handcrafted Sandwiches, 1968 W. Lawrence Ave., had a tender opening in early December. It focuses on American consolation meals, akin to burgers and wings, alongside aspect pasta. It’s open 11 am-9 pm Monday-Friday, 8 am-10 pm Saturdays and eight am-8 pm Sundays.

Husband-and-wife house owners Oscar and Veronica Hernandez work alongside their youngsters, Saul, 16, and Berenice, 12.

“After working for different eating places, largely Italian, over time, I lastly had the concept I wished to have my very own restaurant specializing in sandwiches,” Oscar Hernandez mentioned in Spanish. “Handcrafted sandwiches ready to make you are feeling such as you’re at house, made by me, my spouse and children.”

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Falcon’s Handcrafted Sandwiches’ House owners Oscar and Veronica Hernandez and their youngsters Saul and Berenice.

Oscar Hernandez has lived in Ravenswood since he moved to Chicago 20 years in the past. He thought the Chez’s location can be the right place to open his first restaurant, he mentioned.

“I like the realm and I do know it very well, how the neighborhood’s site visitors flows and when individuals are going out to eat and what they wish to eat,” he mentioned.

Oscar Hernandez has labored at numerous eating places, together with at Eataly and Trophy Room, he mentioned. His lifelong love of cooking started in his hometown of Oaxaca, Mexico, the place he and his siblings of him used to assist his mother make tamales that she would promote across the metropolis.

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The Falcon Burger options two 4-ounce patties served with tomato jelly, pepper jack cheese, lettuce and grilled onions.

“We helped with what we might as youngsters rising up,” he mentioned. “Another excuse we helped her was as a result of the earlier she was completed making them, the earlier we might begin consuming a couple of, too.”

Oscar Hernandez’s father was a butcher, and he discovered carve up the very best cuts of meat from rooster, beef, pork and lamb for milanesa, chorizo ​​and cecina, he mentioned.

“It is totally different whenever you get to be hands-on like my dad and mom allowed us to be. You do not simply watch do one thing; we helped them, and that is the place I discovered a lot,” he mentioned.

Oscar Hernandez needs his youngsters to have the identical expertise with studying about meals and cooking, which is one more reason he wished to begin the restaurant and requested them to work with him.

“I can assist educate them run a kitchen and a correct enterprise whereas we assist one another,” he mentioned.

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The menu for Falcon’s Handcrafted Sandwiches.

Oscar Hernandez determined to focus Falcon’s menu on pasta dishes and American fare he’d seen as standard throughout this tenure at different eating places across the metropolis.

“Once I first got here to this nation, I paid consideration to what folks preferred to order, what was standard, and noticed sandwiches like what I’ve now are usually extremely popular,” he mentioned.

Hernandez has added Italian, Mediterranean and American recipes to his repertoire. Whereas Falcon’s would not presently have Mexican dishes, he hasn’t dominated out including a mole or two to the menu down the road because the enterprise turns into extra established, he mentioned.

“I’ve solely been open since Dec. 2 and wished a stable menu to begin. Up to now I’ve had repeat orders on every little thing on our menu since we opened,” he mentioned. “The present menu is working very nicely, and nothing has been unpopular.”

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